The behind-the-scenes drama has been almost as juicy as what's been on the screen when it comes to the Dutton family over the past year, but it finally appears as though there is some closure for the soapy saga of "Yellowstone's" delayed fifth season. Cable television's most popular show first began airing Season 5 episodes nearly one year ago with the plan to air the back half of the season in summer 2023, but dual Hollywood strikes and a growing feud between creator Taylor Sheridan and leading man Kevin Costner put a stop to that. Now, Deadline is reporting that the remaining "Yellowstone" Season 5 episodes — which will be its last — will finally air on Paramount Network in November 2024, two years after the season began.
"Yellowstone" Season 5 Part 2 will premiere next November to wrap up the series and the previously announced spin-off series that will reportedly star Matthew McConaughey will premiere in December. That show will now be called "2024," keeping with the naming conventions of the franchise's prequel series, "1883" and "1923." In fact, a new prequel is currently in the works and its working title is reportedly "1944."
Despite months of rumors and reporting on the rift between Sheridan and Costner, Deadline indicates that the Oscar-winning star still could return for the series' final episodes. Since Sheridan is almost single-handedly overseeing an expansive cinematic universe, he has developed a reputation for not always hitting deadlines, which is what allegedly first drew the ire of Costner, who has been writing, directing, producing, and starring in a two-part film called "Horizon: An American Saga," which is expected to premiere in 2024. The fluctuating "Yellowstone" shooting schedule caused problems for the star, and then Costner's demands for script approval was reportedly the final straw for Sheridan. However, perhaps the two-plus year delay in filming will allow the two mercurial creators to get back on the same page for the final episodes.